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Minnesota vs. FAU - 12/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Atlantic Owls (6-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 23, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Williams Arena)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -19.5 -- Over/Under: 153 See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

We have some non-conference action on the hardwood as the Florida Atlantic Owls take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a college basketball matchup on Saturday afternoon.

The Florida Atlantic Owls will look for a big win to avoid falling back to .500 after back-to-back defeats, including a 90-54 defeat at the hands of Texas Tech in their last outing. Justin Massey led the team with 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 3 triples, while Ronald Delph added 16 points and a team-high 6 rebounds with 3 blocks as the lone pair of Owls to finish in double figures in scoring in the loss. Gerdarius Troutman added a team-high 4 assists, while Amir Smith pulled down 6 boards of his own. Massey leads the Owls in scoring with an average of 13.8 points per game, while Delph is the team’s best on the glass with 9.4 boards per game and Anthony Adger leads the way in assists with 3 dimes per game this season. As a team, FAU is scoring 76.2 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the field, 33.8% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

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Minnesota vs. FAU - 12/23/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to tally up another win to improve on their 10-3 mark after a 77-63 win over Oral Roberts in their last outing. Jordan Murphy led the team with 17 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 10 rebounds for the double-double. Amir Coffey came 2nd with 15 points and a team-high 7 assists with a pair of steals, while Nate Mason came right behind with 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting with 4 threes. Isaiah Washington added 12 points with 4 assists, while Michael Hurt chipped in 10 points to finish the scoring in double figures for the Gophers in the win. Reggie Lynch added 5 points with 6 rebounds, a pair of steals and 3 blocks. Murphy leads the team by averaging a double-double per game with team-highs of 20 points and 12.8 rebounds, while Mason is the team’s leading assist man with 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Minnesota is scoring 84.4 points per game on 46.1% shooting from the field, 35.3% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the foul line this season.

FAU is 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 9-1-1 in their last 11 games following a loss. Minnesota is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 14-4 in their last 18 games following a win.

FAU struggled in the 2nd half against Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders are still one of the better teams offensively in the country. Minnesota, despite their solid record, still allows their opponent to hang in games and get backdoor covers if not pull off the near outright upset. Minnesota just can’t be trusted to cover right now. I’m not saying the Owls win this outright, but I think the points hold some value here.

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